It’s great to have the Tempe Improv back in operation. Since reopening in April, there’s been a bunch of great comics performing in the newly remodeled club. This week Flip Orley will quite literally mesmerize the audience with his standout blend of stand-up comedy and hypnosis.
Flip invites volunteers to join him on stage and become part of his routine. Ever respectful of his volunteers, he’s careful not to embarrass anyone, preferring instead to have the audience laugh with, not those who brave the stage. Anyone who does not feel comfortable is encouraged to say so and leave the stage. Flip truly wants everyone to have a good time.
Flip’s routines range from simple where he might make people forget their own names or forget how to spell, to more complicated situations. He never knows how people are going to respond, which makes for shows that are always fresh and funny. A good hypnotist/comedian has to be excellent at improv in order to take advantage of the situations that arise on his stage and Flip exploits those opportunities very well. It also takes a pretty gutsy performer to brave all the unknowns inherent in working with a bunch of hypnotized strangers.
Flip originally studied psychology at the University of Arizona with plans to become a clinical hypnotist, but turned instead to stand-up comedy. Eventually he merged the two and has become one of the most popular acts of its kind at comedy clubs across the country. His knowledge and appreciation of the benefits of the clinical side of hypnoses prompted him to develop techniques in seminars, workshops and CDs to help people deal with such issues as stress management, weight control and quitting smoking. He has assisted dentists and doctors with patients who are allergic to anesthesia. He aided a dentist who operated on a patient for almost two hours without an anesthetic and has helped bring difficult pregnancies to full term through stress control.
One other thing about Flip – he’s originally from Phoenix and loves returning to his hometown to perform. You can catch his act, or become part of it May 23-26 at the Tempe Improv.
- May 20: The Presets, Marquee Theater
- May 20: Peter Heller: The Dog Stars, Changing Hands Bookstore
- May 21 Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- May 21: Charles Lewis & Shannon Wallace, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- May 21: Performance with a View: ASU Double Bass; May 22: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night,Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 21-25, May 28-June 1: Topia 2013, Desert Botanical Garden
- May 22-23: Classical Double Bill, Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 23: Jeff Sullivan, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- May 23: Music on Mill , Mill Avenue District
- May 23: Outliars Comedy Club, Robby Fox’s Public House
- May 23-26: Comic/Hypnotist Flip Orley, Tempe Improv
- May 24: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Stand Up Gals & Insane and Sober, Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 24: Live. Love. Dance., Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 25: Family Art Workshop: Lisa Sipe, Recycled Collage, Tempe Center for the Arts
- May 24: Peppermint James; May 25: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace District Plaza
- May 24: Dani Zubi; May 25: Wayward Maggie, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- May 24: Stephanie King; May 25: Bill Dutcher, Top of the Rock
- May 25: Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- May 25: Stu Siefert Combo, Robbie Fox’s Public House
- May 25: The Iron Maidens; May 26: Limp Bizkit, Marquee Theater
- May 25-26: Childsplay Presents: A Wrinkle in Time; May 26: Danswest presents Just Breathe and Tap On, Tempe Center for the Arts